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Oscars Party!

Vanity Fair Special for Passport Members

Today, for you cool Passport Members, you can see how I put together the proposal for this Vanity Fair / Ritz-Carlton / Conde Nast show during Oscars week. It was a lot of hard work, but I think you’ll be happy just seeing the process. I’ll make a follow-up video soon that talks more about their final shot selections, the hanging process, and other behind-the-scenes stuff!

Proposal for the Vanity Fair Exhibition

I was approached a few months before the Oscars with this opportunity. It was pretty much 100% sure they wanted to hang about ten of my photos, but which ones? There was a BIG group of people deciding, which made things quite complex and time consuming. I decided that a wide variety of choices was better than just a few. I am never quite sure what people will like… anyway, enjoy!

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Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

PTSD Treatment

This is a great video from The Economist. If you look more into it, you don’t even need to have severe PTSD to benefit from these molecules.

Daily Photo – Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

I don’t really like watching baseball on TV, but I do enjoy going to the games. I can imagine how especially awesome it was in the olden days before TV and technology and everything. People must have been basically totally bored and starved for entertainment, so going to a baseball game must have been a big deal.

Heading to the Pirates Game in Pittsburgh

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-05 02:02:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Katie Ann on the Beach

Jim Carrey Graduation Speech

One of the best I’ve heard!

Daily Photo – Katie Ann on the Beach

While in Fort Lauderdale, I was taking a ton of beach photos but they started to get a little boring. They looked pretty much like every other beach shot, especially during the day time. So I decided to invite over one of my model-friends, Katie Ann to do a bit of posing.

Katie Ann on the Beach

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-11 02:08:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4000
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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The Lonely Road in Montana

Part 3 of the Analysis

Here’s the last and final part of the analysis being delivered today on Passport Sunday to all you Passport Members. I had never taken the time to do a fully immersive comparison of different ways to use Aurora with JPGs vs. RAWs.

Part 3 of the analysis

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 for you. In this final one, you get to see the final analysis and make up your mind for yourself! 🙂 Enjoy! 🙂

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Daily Photo – The Lonely Road in Montana

I took this one when I was out on a dinosaur dig with Jack Horner. One day we jumped on some quad bikes and just kind of rode off into the wild. I had my son Ethan on mine, and it was his first time. His mind was totally blown away! We took a break to jump off and take a photo just at the perfect time.

The Lonely Road in Montana

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2008-08-11 02:43:03
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Taking photos at The Vessel

Video about psychedelics

If you know, then you know! Here’s a little video I saw on Reddit that you might find informative. If you want to know more, I recommend “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan.

The Case for Making Psychedelics Legal from DMT

Daily Photo – Taking photos at The Vessel

I was trying to be the last one in The Vessel to get some of these cool dusk shots after the sun set. I like to do this one simple trick where you simply put the camera on the ground (with a wide-angle lens) and shoot straight up in the air with a timer on. I wanted to set it right where that guy was standing… so, while I was waiting for him to move, I decided to take a photo!

Taking photos at The Vessel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-06-22 20:58:44
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Glacial Lake in Montana

Part 2 for Passport Members

Hey if you’re an awesome Passport Member then today you get to see part 2 of the analysis comparing RAWs to JPGs when it comes to using various combinations in Aurora. Enjoy! You’ll also get to see how I edited today’s photo!

Part 2 of the Analysis Series!

You can see Part 1 here. In today’s, we get a little deeper and work on a new photo from Montana. Not only will you learn a thing or two, but you’ll also get to see a rather beautiful photo get created!

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Daily Photo – Glacial Lake in Montana

I was happy to be sitting on a few photos from Montana that I had yet to edit. Pulling a few different brackets from this magical place seemed like the perfect way to experiment with the different settings I alluded to above.

Glacial Lake in Montana

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2008-08-09 07:30:28
  • CameraNIKON D2Xs
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Into the White Sands

Sea Cucumbers

I don’t know how I came across this, but I found this short video about Sea Cucumbers to be rather fascinating!

Daily Photo – Into the White Sands

On the way to the photo walk in Phoenix, we stopped at White Sands National Park to spend the afternoon and evening. It was absolutely beautiful and exceeded all my expectations. I don’t know if you’re allowed to camp out there overnight, but I think it would probably be okay. I didn’t see any police or rangers around… it was incredibly lonely, except for my friends here in the photo.

Into the White Sands

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-08-19 21:14:12
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length55.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1.3

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Suspicious Mama Fox

Strangest Video on the Internet

I might have found it! (Click the title to see the full video frame.)

This is the most random video on the internet 🤣 from r/funny

Daily Photo – Suspicious Mama Fox

This is the first photo I’ve ever taken while I was super high on weed. I actually like other drugs much better than weed; pot tends to make my head feel dizzy and tired. I was out at a ranch in Yellowstone and one of my friends there had one of those pot pens. Anyway, I tried some and then decided to go take pictures of wild animals. I don’t know why. But I sat in a bush for about an hour and then a mommy fox appeared! Did you know a female fox is called a “vixen”? I didn’t know that but now I do…

Suspicious Mama Fox

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-10 00:44:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Secret Spot in Fort Lauderdale

Daily Photo – A Secret Spot in Fort Lauderdale

Here at the base of the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is a restaurant/bar and small shop that caters to rum experts. I am not a rum expert, but I did try quite a bit while there, I have to say. After that, I still cannot say I am a rum expert… especially since after the third concoction they all kind of tasted the same to me. But, either way, the decor and service were absolutely amazing, especially when paired with the amazing meal!

A Secret Spot in Fort Lauderdale

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-10 07:04:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Road Shots in Arizona

Daily Photo – Road Shots in Arizona

It’s sort of an obvious idea, but there is nothing wrong with obvious if it works! Anyway, the idea is whenever you have a cool road heading into a vista, why not include the road? Now, after having said that, you do have a few options. You can center the whole thing, but I usually only do that if the backdrop is equally weighted. In this case, since the coolest mountain feature is on the left, I oriented the road heading off a bit to the right to bring some balance to the scene. I believe (but I’m not sure) that this is one of the roads around Sedona, Arizona.

Road Shots in Arizona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-18 12:02:53
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length62.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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